Center for Biomedical Imaging

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The CBI is a type 1 center within Radiology and coordinates the translational bioimaging center of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT). The CBI is organized into a Basic Imaging Research Division, Translational Research Division, and imaging Core Facilities supported by the CBI Administration.  Although initially the CBI will focus primarily on in-vivo imaging, it is appreciated that tissue analysis including digital pathology and molecular diagnostics share many of the same technical challenges and we would expect to engage the pathology and cellular imaging community over time. 

Basic Imaging Division (Labs)

The Basic Imaging Research Division consists of laboratories lead by faculty who are primarily focused on advancing imaging methodology.  The division will be organized into programs based on technology focus which translates into common resource requirements and academic focus: Signal Acquisition, Image Informatics, and Molecular Imaging.  The Basic Imaging Research Division actively engages basic and applied science faculty from across campus that have an interest in biomedical imaging methods.  This would include the faculty in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Engineering  (especially bioengineering) and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering among others.   This engagement is facilitated by the program structure that focuses effort along common scientific and technology themes.

Core Facilities (Service Centers)

CBI core facilities provide Core services to basic, translational and clinical research groups.  This includes system access, research coordinator support and image management service.  Current Core resources include the Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF), PET center, the Imaging Probe Development  Facility (IPDF), The Center for Advanced MRI and Spectroscopy (CAMRIS), the Center for Advanced CT Imaging Services (CACTIS).  The development of an Imaging Processing and Analysis Center has been initiated in the past year. 

In addition, an Administrative Core supports business administration, regulatory compliance and core operational management. These cores are predominantly supported on a fee for service basis with additional costs supported by funding through center grants including the Cancer Center and the CTSA.

Translational Imaging Research Division

Translational imaging research programs are formed to create focus and support for applied imaging research related to major disease areas. These programs are coordinated with relevant institutes and centers in the medical school such as the Abramson Cancer Center;  The Cardiovascular Institute; The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism; The Institute on Aging, The Institute for Neurological Science and others. In addition the development of the programs within the translational division are coordinated with the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics.  The programs within the Translational Division include a diverse group of clinicians, basic scientists and imaging scientists. Imaging scientists in the translational groups may also be part of a basic imaging laboratory.  They will actively engage expertise in the basic labs and engage resources in the cores to support their mission.

CBI Administration

The Research (CBI) Administration serves as the administrative liaison for all faculty and staff interested in biomedical imaging research. .

The goals of the three offices (Business, Compliance, and Operations) are to provide Investigators with the following services:

  • To assist in the budgeting  and proposal development process for biomedical imaging research.
  • Assist all investigators in contracting
  • Fiscal operations of all research funding for the center.
  • Regulatory oversight from a compliance perspective for all research funding (pre and post award).
  • Monitoring of research performed in CBI core facility to ensure patient safety and compliance with human and animal research regulations
  • Communicate with IRB, IACUC and the FDA related to image protocol development.




PennChart Radiology Update

On Saturday, March 21st, PennChart Radiology will go live, resulting in several changes and patient care improvements. These changes are summarized below:


Radiology Exam Ordering: Standardized ordering process among all entities

  1. All radiology orders must be placed in future status
  2. Providers no longer need to designate HUP/Perelman for studies to be done at HUP
  3. Order changes will be sent electronically to the original provider’s InBasket for cosignature


Exam Scheduling: Patient centered radiology exam scheduling allows patients flexibility

  1. Radiology Exams at HUP/Perelman will not be auto scheduled for the patient
  2. Direct scheduling is available in select practices
  3. Patients can call 1(800)-789-PENN to schedule own appointments
  4. In the future, patients can schedule radiology appointments directly in MyPennMedicine


Radiology Results: Improved processes to get results to the right order and right provider

  1. All radiology exams performed by Penn Radiology and Department of Community Radiology will file results electronically to the original order
  2. Results will be sent to the providers communication preference – In Basket, eFax, or Mail
  3. By clicking a link within the result in PennChart, providers will be taken directly to the associated images in a web viewer. 


For questions regarding these changes or other questions regarding PennChart Radiology please contact the Command Center at 215-662-8333. The Command Center will be open 24/7 beginning March 21st through April 4th

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